Planning a diy archery hunt in Wyoming in late September. Was thinking about packing in the fold up Montana Decoy Co. antelope decoy and giving it a try. Does anyone have any advice or experience doing this?
I have found the decoys to be a bit tough to handle in the wind when doing spot & stalk. I switched to a Be The Decoy hat. That being said animals will react differently to decoys. I have found that you might get away with a touch more movement but it didn't really entice a buck to get closer. Subordinate bucks may react negatively to a buck decoy regardless of rut conditions.
My experience with decoys and antelope is very limited so take this for what its worth. The decoy I used (years ago) was one of the original plastic Flambeau antelope decoys. I had a tough time getting the stake driven far enough into the sun baked hardened ground to keep the decoy upright with the constant winds that one experiences in antelope country. Might not be as much an issue with the lighter weight Montana decoys, or if you have a buddy managing the decoy rather than the shooter messing with the decoy and worrying about the shot.
I have used several different types and my personal favorite is the be the decoy hat and shirt. One year my buddy made a pronghorn decoy out of a whole sheet of plywood, it was the size of a horse. It worked great, just took two guys to move it. the key to putting the sneak on goats is to get as close a possible before you expose yourself. If you can get within a 150 yards then expose the decoy they seem to be more at ease then walking in from 400 yards out. If you hit the rut right you could see some fast action. the decoy hat give you a lot of freedom of movement. i.e. hand free
We used a be the decoy hat last weekend and my buddy ended up arrowing this guy. What I've found from early season hunting, it seems like the antelope are a little less spooky when i have the hat on. When I don't use it, they seem to run off a lot quicker.